Summary: June 19, 2002: Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU on Malawi (Brussels)
The European Union notes the introduction in the national assembly of Malawi of a proposed amendment to the constitution to remove the current provision preventing candidates for the office of president to run for more than a maximum of two terms of office.
The European Union recognizes the right of the national assembly of Malawi to amend its national constitution in this way. Nevertheless, since a national constitution is an important safeguard for citizens' rights and a framework for stable governance, the European Union urges the Government of Malawi to ensure that there is wide and informed debate on this important issue conducted openly and with full freedom of expression.
The Central and Eastern European countries associated with the European Union, the associated countries Cyprus, Malta and Turkey, and the EFTA countries, members of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this declaration